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Foods That Should and Should Not Be Kept in the Fridge

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Honey

If honey is stored in a sealed container it can remain stable for several years. But to be on the safe side, manufacturers recommend no more than two years, as it can chemically change and lose its aroma depending on the temperature. Honey should be stored in a cool and dark place where the temperature is not higher than 45 degrees Fahrenheit in order to avoid moisture absorption, which can lead to fermentation and a decrease in quality.

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Peanut butter

Peanut butter products should be kept in a dry and cool place, away from strong light and heat (and even appliances, as some can produce heat). An unopened jar of peanut butter does not have to be refrigerated. However, once you open it, keeping it in the fridge will ensure it stays fresh for up to nine months. Otherwise, its shelf life will be no more than three months.

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Coffee beans

Coffee beans must be kept away from air, moisture, heat and light. The National Coffee Association recommends that they be stored in a dark, airtight container at room temperature to preserve their fresh roasted flavor. Cabinets near the oven and kitchen counters are not recommended.

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Potatoes

Potatoes can stay fresh for several months if stored properly, which means not washing them before storing because dampness increases the likelihood of decay. Keep them in a cool – 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit – dark place, with good ventilation. Higher temperatures often lead to sprouting.

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Tomatoes

A quarter of tomatoes consumed in the United States, the largest tomato producer in the world, are eaten raw. They should be stored in a cool, dry place – not in a plastic bag – and away from other produce and meats to prevent cross-contamination. Store them in a single layer to prevent them from becoming mushy. You can freeze tomatoes for up to eight months.